Any way, back to the story. The 10 year old was playing at a table with three robots over Thanksgiving weekend when he picked up this hand:
12 points, balanced. A rather nice 12-point hand, with two aces. What would you do with that South hand?
"You need 13 points to open," I had told the kid and so he smartly passed. Now, partner opened 1NT (15-17) and the 10 year old had no problem bidding 3NT. The Jack of clubs was led and the contract was quickly wrapped up for two overtricks.
+6 imps for the kiddo. Curious, I looked at why such a routine contract was worth 6 imps. Turns out that most Souths opened the hand 1D and now West overcalled some number of Hearts and NS had a hard time getting to 3NT.
I was describing my son's fortunate pass to partner on my way to the club game today. So, the hand was firmly in my mind when I picked up:
I should have listened to the advice I give my children!